By:Â Allana Mortell
Earth Day is just a few days away and while you may be thinking of direct ways to celebrate this date, such as planting, beach clean-ups, etc, there are some other ways you can go green this year right in your own kitchen! While purchasing new cookware, consider more eco-friendly products that will not only put less stress on the environment to create but can also benefit your health in the end.
In terms of cookware (pots, pans, nonstick, stainless steel, etc), the options are endless and shopping for said items can quickly become overwhelming. One factor to be kept in consideration is teflon-free cookware. In the past five years, a relationship between cancers, liver toxicants and other icky chemicals appeared with materials in non-stick cookware. Once that material, such as teflon, degrades or is heated, it releases Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which can be found in the food you eat and has been linked to thyroid disruption and cancer, to name a few.
So if you're looking to go green with your kitchenware, check out some of our favorites below...
Ecolution: To compensate for the PFOA coating, this eco-friendly company prides themselves and their hydrolon-coated products on a "Cook Well. Do Good" campaign. Their aluminum pans are coated with a water-based, non-stick coating that allows for even-heating and is dishwasher safe. Additionally, their packaging is printed on 70% recycled materials and their website features a "Do Good" campaign, which discusses ways to renew, reuse and recycle all old cookware products.
Earthpan:Â Based on sandflow, non-stick technology, Â all of these PFOA-free pans are coated with a non-stick layer of product derived primarily from sand. This Australian manufactured brand heats up to 25% higher than its competitors making it ideal for high-heat cooking. The products are all dishwasher safe and industry results show Earthpan outlasting other eco-friendly cookware 3:1. With options ranging from woks to frying pans and French skillets, the Earthpan cookware is ideal for any kitchen trying to remain eco-friendly.
Cuisinart "GreenGourmet":Â Instead of being petroleum based, this line of cookware from the culinary giant Cuisinart is ceramic based, making it completely free of PFOA. The ceramic coating is applied at a temperature of half that of traditional non-stick pans yet the hard andodized construction provides extreme high heat conductivity. That specific construction ultimately requires less energy to reach desired cooking temperatures. Finally, the stainless handles are made from 70% recycled stainless steel, making it easy to grip and safe on the environment.
Scanpan Cookware:Â The "Green Tek" line of products from this popular cookware destination are all ultimately PFOA free. Even though Scanpan has always eliminated PFOA in their coating, the ceramic and titanium non-stick surface of this new line is made from a compound that eliminates any need for PFOA entirely. Additionally, all of the products managed by Scanpan are made from recycled aluminum.
Preserve Plastic Products: Made from 100% recycled and recyclable #5 BPA-free plastic,Â all of the food storage and kitchen items featured in Preserve's line of products are lead and PFOA free. With the same idea as Ecolution, this company rears its angle on "Nothing Wasted, Everything Gained." By reducing, reusing and recycling old products, the #5 plastic is sorted, cleaned and tested until eventually being turned into new preserve products. By choosing preserve products over traditional plasticware, you are gaining significantly less oil, gas and water used in making plastic alongside a sizable reduction in greenhouse gases emitted.
What are your tips for going green?
Photo:Â Â theloushe
For more healthy tips, follow me on Twitter (@MarcusCooks)